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25 of 25 episodes seen
The strategies used in the game are extremely convoluted and cannot be easily figured out, the viewer only figures out when the show gives enough clues and thats the main appeal of the show. The episodes also end with cliffhangers to make you watch the next episode, this is common in most sports/shonens but in this case the focus is so big on the gambling the cliffhangers are poorly written and can actually frustrate the viewer. The extremely complex gambles and tricks can also cause some frustration, even if you figure out part of it, theres always something else, it drags so long it becomes tiring following all the events sometimes.
The story is often bend, specially in time, to advance quickly parts or even entire games that dont matter to the gambles, as result the characterization is mostly nonexistant, with the exception of the two main characters, but even so, we dont know much about who they are, just their current situation, everyone else just gets stapled with common concepts like: the big brute guy, the chicken manager, or the ruthless greedy owner of the club.
Overall the show is interesting and a good watch, the biggest flaw is the complete focus on the gamble, if you dont like it the rest is quite bad, the flaws I mentioned among others will throw the viewers out.
Finally the ending is rushed and obviously calls for a second season. Once again more episodes will just keep focusing on gambles becoming boring, a trait Kaiji also shared.
1 of 1 episodes seen
Probably not the best choice for younger fans who cant stomach the outdated animation but is a fine example of 80's sci fi anime.
Its a decent quick watch, and a peek into the 80's, the golden era of anime.
13 of 13 episodes seen
Being a remake it was a good option since the old OVA didnt fulfill half the potential of the plot.
The animation is very good in the fight scenes preventing the show from falling into boring, the plot itself is interesting and featuring only 13 episodes they are quite enjoyable.
The end leaves promises of more to come, and it wont hurt to get another season, some shows feel like dragging for too long or sometimes they seem good but no room for future seasons, in this case there isnt any issues left hanging, providing a proper ending but leaves room for future adventures.
The relationship between Birdy and tsutomu is the higlight of the show, provides some comic relief and a bit of drama but is generally light hearted, fun and lots of action.
Wouldnt go as far as saying its a must watch but good entertainment worth a peek. read more
52 of 52 episodes seen
What makes it decent? the techniques they use are interesting and the enemies vary as well, plenty of original monsters and the usual undisclosed romance do a good job entertaining, topped with funny gags and cliches that worked out quite good, becomes very silly for moments but also has the dramatic scenes building up momentum for the end.
Its not completely original or a must see but its well built and didnt became boring like most shonens nowadays, if theres any flaw its prolly the open end, built on a good plot I was personally expecting more, at least the arc ends, but leaves room for more seasons.
Taking all into consideration its an average show built for entertaining and does it well, its not incredibly good but doesn't fall into boring or the usual flaws of shonens, if your into the style its a good watch but if you prefer something more elaborate, don't expect too much of it.
Wont disappoint but wont leave a strong impression either.
I enjoyed the ending song quite alot and Id like to comment on the 8 scoring in character, because I do believe there are good characters here, not original but better built then other similar shows. The enjoyment rating is a bit overrated because its hard to find an action shonen lately that isn't completely cookie cutter, this managed to get out of the box enough to be watchable. read more
24 of 24 episodes seen
The theory is well explained and based on common scientific knowledge with a spiritual touch, the energy of all living things, animal, plants and humans is evolving and granting humans powers, all the wrongdoings of humanity turn this power into negative energy causing catastrophes and ultimately the armaggedon. Of course by doing good, and accepting the powers given to humanity we can evolve together with earth into a brighter future.
The theory is basically this but while the show does a good job explaining it in the last episodes the plot is very flawed, for 20ish episodes you'll follow the story of the brothers fighting against a big corporation who doesn't care for the future of normal humans but suddenly the story ends abruptly without even explaining what happens to most characters.
The last two episodes happen an year and half later and the two brothers again use their powers to prevent another disaster, this episodes are more of a showcase of what would be like if the show didn't end so fast i guess, wasting so many episodes building a complicated plot to end it abruptly greatly damages the show overall and despite the last episodes giving some clues helping to understand the whole story behind the psychic powers the previous 24 episode plot is just unfinished and the little story on the last two would probably be the start of another season. With all said and explained I cant recommend greatly this show despite having great potential, was completely ruined. Its still enjoyable and you do understand more or less what happens at the end, the soundtrack is very good and its not a bad watch if you can bare the sudden shallow ending and not knowing what happens to most secondary characters. read more
20 of 20 episodes seen
His personality clashes with several individuals and the few who don't sympathize with his nature in a corrupt bureaucratic world create many obstacles he needs to face.
The story is about morals and how a single man can raise through hard work in a field hes inexperienced, features some comic moments but is mostly serious, the dramatic scenes are abusively exaggerated ruining the involvement in the story, grown men crying like babies over small issues tries to display how deep their feelings are for each other, witch is impossible in such short time, leaving a phony feeling in those scenes.
The music doesn't help much, old japanese classic themed music doesn't create the intended effect feeling misplaced and badly chosen, at least for the ocidental viewer like myself, I suspect it was more appropriate for the japanese viewers.
Despite its shortcomings you still want to see what will happen ahead keeping you interested throughout the show.
Overall its an entertaining show with some nice happy scenes leaving that "feel good" sensation on the viewer, the development is quite fast and so isn't boring. The ending is slightly abrupt but leaves an idea of what happens next. Definitely not a must see but still interesting enough to avoid being forgotten. read more
24 of 24 episodes seen
At start the story seems lame and rushed, just a little excuse to put some kids fighting for earth in some big robots, the fights are quite dull as well and the animation is quite average with some bad parts even but thats mostly at the start.
I'm glad I kept watching it because it gets much better, the story twists, or better, it unveils a completely different plot from the first appearances becoming rather interesting. The fights improve allot compared to the first ones but this is not a mecha style anime with lots of cool fights and moves, its a story driven drama where each episode u get to known one of the characters better, usually before their respective battle portraying their will and reasons to fight or give up. The mystery behind the robots and the battles is also unveiled slowly and I'm afraid I can't say much more to avoid spoiling the development, one of the good aspects of the show.
The music isn't bad, the opening becomes quite enjoyable after a couple episodes and theres the usual backtracks accompanying the crucial moments.
Overall its a good show, with a decent story about a couple kids who are put into a non desirable situation without even being asked, and are now carrying the burden to save earth, their own problems and doubts are explored while they find a meaning to fight for earth, themselves, protecting someone or simply giving up. Don't expect much action, its a show for people who like good stories with a slow but decent development and some epic moments filled with sadness, anger, and self sacrifice. read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
Everything fits together to create this unique experience, you start by watching the background story, the development of the events, and when you reach the end everything is unveiled. The story seems good, nothing exceptional, but this is just part of the experience. Expertly guiding the viewer through the events leads to the extraordinary climax at the end, releasing all the bottled up emotions carefully placed in your mind through the characters. Only at the end you will understand what is all about and understand how amazing the movie is.
The soundtrack isn't much noticeable except the ending theme that accompanies the realization after the shock you just witnessed, it just feels right to let it play while rewinding and going thru everything that happened.
Everything else is just superb and this is one of those pieces of art that no one should miss, anime fan or not be sure to watch it. read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
The innocence of a child and how they perceive the daily events creates an amazing charisma towards this relation, dramatic scenes further enhances the feelings creating an intricate empathy towards the situation and drawing the viewer into it. Further along theres a touch of romance that fits perfectly as a symbiotic situation to the main plot. The main female characters (yuzuyu and Kokoro) are just overflowing with cuteness, their sad hearts makes you want to comfort them understanding perfectly how kippey matures for the sake of them.
Technically the characters have a particular drawing style in which the drawings and animation are watchable but not on par with the latest animes. I enjoyed personally some still shots on key moments that portrays how a sweet memory is engraved into the mind in my opinion. The sound is rarely noticeable but the opening theme shines and will stick in your mind every episode soothing the mood. The voice acting is quite good, the kids were very well acted and I don't have any complaints on the rest.
A beautiful story everyone should see. Heartwarming, and sad for moments, feels good to watch even by the second or third time and guaranteed to move your heart. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
In my opinion if its controversial then it did something right, and making a character be so hated (although I suspect only by womens) is definitely an ingenious piece of art. I recommend this anime greatly to the mature audience out there, i'm afraid the younger will just hate it or dont find any meaning. Watch it and don't judge the characters like their real persons, its a show!
As a side note explanation I must say the characters are slightly exagerated but its actually a fairly accurate portrait of the modern reality in Japan high schools, if you ever had the chance to travel there and spend some time other than touring around you should understand what I mean, the Japanese society is disturbingly diferent but its not like the lovey dovey animes you see around full of tradition and values, it may be like that in the older populations but the younger Japanese are rotting, values are falling apart and the school system is outdated and inadequate to deal with the present situation. I took my time to explain this because knowing of it you might look at this anime from a different point of view. It may be shocking or hateful for someone who is looking for a fairy tale or a pretty romantic story but humans aren't really like that. All this gives a different dimension to this show and taking into account there are exagerations for entertainment purposes, overall it can be seen as a critic to Japanese modern society so if your interested in this topic, its a must watch. read more